Student perception of the classroom environment in secondary school physical education

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Dianne Stanton Ward (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Kate R. Barrett

Abstract: The purpose of the study was to investigate student perception of the classroom environment in physical education. The study compared perceptions of male and female secondary school students in classes taught by male and female teachers. A total of 822 students from six schools in the State of South Carolina participated in the study. Students were randomly selected from the required physical education classes of 23 male and female teachers. The Learning Environment Inventory (LEI) and an information questionnaire were administered to all students. The LEI, based on the Getzels and Thelen multidimensional theory of classrooms, was a 105-item questionnaire which tested for 15 classroom dimensions typical of secondary school classes. Data were analyzed on 10 groups formed by student sex and the amount of class time spent with a teacher of a particular sex. This technique was employed due to the variable organization structures which existed within the schools. Collection of data occurred at a time when legal mandates had been issued for coeducational physical education classes.

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Language: English
Date: 1979
Physical education and training $x Study and teaching (Secondary)
Classroom environment $x Evaluation
Students $x Attitudes

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